Malawi’s ruling People’s Party (PP) has expelled its spokesman Hophmally Makande and deputy secretary general Frank Mwenefumbo for deciding to contest as independent candidates in May 20 elections.
PP deputy spokesperson, Ken Msonda, said the decision was also extended to all its members who are contesting as independent candidates because their decision was tantamount to misconduct and insubordination therefore they automatically lose party membership.
“You should not mislead people that you are representing People’s Party in respective constituencies you are contesting. We believe the motive is to divide votes.
“People’s Party has one candidate not two representing the party in every constituency. This candidate is the one who received a certificate approving his/her candidature on PP ticket,” said Msonda.
Msonda reiterated that PP had a strong candidate in President Joyce Banda and that she would win the Presidency with a resounding majority votes.
“We need the majority representation in the august House for President Joyce Banda and the party to fulfil our agenda and vision of transforming this nation.
“I urge those who did not make it during primaries and have taken this unfortunate route of contesting as independent candidates to reconsider their decision. It’s never too late to do so,” said Msonda, who apparently lost primaries but said would not contest as independent.
Makande and Mwenefumbo have vowed to go ahead and run for parliamentary seats in their respective constituencies on an independent ticket, saying their political future will be shaped after the elections.